'Fair': Doubling of spirometry rebate welcome news for GPs

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GPs have welcomed a near doubling of the MBS rebate for post-bronchodilator spirometry, an increase finally accepted by the Federal Government to improve the detection of serious respiratory conditions. 

The MBS funds about 280,000 tests a year but there has been long-running concern that the $20.55 rebate is inadequate for the time involved.

The decision to accept the Medicare Review Taskforce's recommendations, first handed to the government more than a year ago, means from November, the rebate for item 11506

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